Israeli Politics

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How will new gov’t impact Bibi trial? - analysis

As long as he was prime minister, he could negotiate with the president for a pardon

The Netanyahu family

Netanyahu children to continue receiving security detail for a year

Sources indicate that the children of a prime minister usually get protection from the special "Magen" unit of the PMO, which gets directives from the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency).

Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman

What kind of Finance Minister will Avigdor Liberman be?

Liberman's approach would help push more people to rejoin the workforce but could spell disaster for thousands of breadwinners that are still legitimately struggling to find work.

13/06/2021

Israel's 36th gov't: Here is the expected list of new cabinet ministers

The 36th government will serve under Naftali Bennett * Yair Lapid is expected to take over as prime minister in August 27, 2023

13/06/2021

History in the making: How Bennett and Lapid's brotherly bond began

In 2012 Bennett won the primary to head Bayit Yehudi, and Lapid formed his Yesh Atid party. Both parties did well in the 2013 election. That was just the beginning for them both.

12/06/2021

Bennett-Lapid have to face Biden as China’s tentacles grow in Israel

Chinese company banned in US competing for Tel Aviv light rail tender to be decided in coming days.

12/06/2021

Balfour, the prime minister's residence, as a symbol

Whether the “Balfour” title will apply indefinitely to the Prime Minister’s Residence, or whether it will be packed in one of Netanyahu’s suitcases if and when he leaves, is anyone’s guess.

Bennett-Lapid gov't's first 100 days: 6 essential measures to be passed

MIDDLE ISRAEL: Like Franklin Roosevelt in 1933, the new government will have to do several things quickly and flawlessly.

UTJ MK Ya'acov Litzman seen in the Israeli parliament on the day of the presidential elections, in J

Litzman associate suspected of taking bribe from medical cannabis company

The unnamed man was the third associate of Litzman's to be arrested within three days as part of an investigation into a wide-ranging fraud scheme in the health sector.

Israeli government to be sworn in on Sunday, coalition complete

The signing of these agreements, brings to an end two and a half years of political crisis," said incoming Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

11/06/2021
Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid meet with the party leaders who make up their new coalition on June 6

Coalition deals to form new anti-Netanyahu government go down to wire

So far, the only agreement signed has been between Yesh Atid and Meretz.

10/06/2021

The haredi parties' impact on Israel's religious life under Netanyahu

Ultra-Orthodox parties have wielded heavy influence over matters of religion and state under Netanyahu’s tenure as prime minister.

What will define Benjamin Netanyahu's legacy?

POLITICAL AFFAIRS: As he prepares to leave office next week, we look at Israel’s longest-standing prime minister and the indelible mark that he’s leaving on the country.

10/06/2021

What diplomatic challenges await a Bennett-Lapid government?

DIPLOMATIC AFFAIRS: With international pressure around Jerusalem, Iran nuclear talks gaining momentum and shaky bipartisan support in the US, the new government will have to hit the ground running.

Post-COVID-19 economic challenges facing Israel's next government

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: Here’s a look at some of the most pressing challenges facing incoming prime minister Naftali Bennett and incoming finance minister Avigdor Liberman.

10/06/2021

Nir Barkat: 'This is not the time for unnecessary primaries'

Barkat, who is the richest politician in Israel, funded free dinner and parking for the attendees. There were hamburgers, arais, asado, chicken, rice, noodles, fish and chips, desserts and wine.

10/06/2021

Netanyahu has no authority to halt Evyatar outpost demolition, Gantz says

The outpost was built last month by the Nahala movement near the Tapuach junction in the aftermath of the shooting death of Yehuda Guetta.

PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu – his people skills are not normal.

Netanyahu's final days: Last weekend at Balfour or last-minute surprise?

The leak of the coalition deals was proof of sabotage attempts from within the coalition, knowledgeable sources said.

10/06/2021
Shas leader Arye Deri (right) and UTJ leader Ya'acov Litzman (far left) attend a meeting in Jerusale

Haredi fury over Naftali Bennett masks real concern: Funding cuts

The concern is less that the Jewish character of the state will disappear, and more the impact of being in the opposition will have on the budget going to the haredi community.

10/06/2021
Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid meet with the party leaders who make up their new coalition on June 6

Fights over settlements holding up coalition deal signings

The disputes include who will oversee efforts to prevent Palestinian construction in Area C and how roads between settlements would be funded.

09/06/2021
Nir Barkat and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu present the Likud economic plan during a party even

Barkat to hold 'show of force' rally for over 1,000 Likud activists

Barkat will support - not challenge - Netanyahu and will criticize Bennett and Sa'ar for not joining a Netanyahu-led government.

09/06/2021
Amir Ohana at a special cabinet meeting in the Golan Heights

Ohana crossed redlines in interfering with police, ex-police chief says

Ohana has been caught on tape threatening police officials regarding their handling of protests for and against Netanyahu.

Bennett is an 'evil' and 'wicked' Reform Jew who will rot, say haredi MKs

Bennett warned ultra-Orthodox MKs if their outburst is an attempt to deter the inquiry into the Meron disaster, it won't work.

The Bennett-Lapid moment.

Bennett-Lapid gov't to be sworn in Sunday, Netanyahu heads to opposition

Yamina MK Nir Orbach announces he will vote in favor of change government, guaranteeing majority in crucial Knesset vote.

08/06/2021

Netanyahu out of options but not out of his mind - analysis

Why Netanyahu is still trying to block Bennett but not to trump Trump * Nevertheless, Netanyahu is still trying to prevent Incoming Prime Minister Naftali Bennett from forming a government.

08/06/2021

Will the ferocious haredi assault on Bennett hasten religious reform?

What has riled these leaders is the modest proposals to reform religious life in Israel proposed by Yamina, as well as the more far-reaching plans of Yisrael Beytenu.

Learning to live with the new coalition's contradictions - analysis

All the component parts of this coalition are aware that it is a unique construction, born of unique circumstances.

08/06/2021
Avigdor Lieberman, former Israeli Defence Minister and head of Yisrael Beytenu party

This is what Yamina, Yisrael Beytenu want to change on religion and state

Yamina’s coalition agreement with Yesh Atid mentions reforms to the system for Jewish conversion, the provision of kashrut services, and the method of electing the chief rabbis.

Can Israel afford the new government's plans? - analysis

Many of the eight parties that are slated to be part of Israel's 36th Knesset have demanded expensive conditions in exchange for their endorsement.

08/06/2021
American family celebrates bar mitzvah summer 2017 in the Azarat Yisrael plaza at Robinson’s Arch

Coalition deal: Kotel deal will implement egalitarian prayer section

Norwegian Law would bring Anglos into Knesset * The coalition agreement reached by Yamina and Yesh Atid gives significant powers to party leaders.

08/06/2021

Knesset speaker leaves uncertainty on date for swearing-in new government

Yair Lapid won't petition Supreme Court * Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin bucked expectations by not announcing the swearing-in date for government

07/06/2021

NSC officials to FADC: Not sure which cabinet will deal with incitement

Shin Bet Director Argaman who raised the issue didn’t attend because the hearing was public.

WILL THE Submarine Affair eventually sink Netanyahu?

Case 3000 indictments advanced against some Netanyahu aides

State announces indictments in "Submarine Affair" against the prime minister's former chief of staff and other senior officials. Netanyahu's closest confidant and ex-navy chief won't be charged.

PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu – his people skills are not normal.

Netanyahu amid incitement concerns: Don't be afraid to stick it to them

Incitement talks expand following Shin Bet head's concern over potential loss of life.

Bennett is following Netanyahu in 'abandoning' the Right - analysis

Within that archetypal dichotomy, Netanyahu has a right-wing government almost in his grasp, if only Bennett and Sa'ar would agree to sit in his government.

What kind of foreign minister will Yair Lapid be? - analysis

Lapid’s years as a writer and a TV presenter have made him an excellent communicator and one of the Knesset’s best orators, traits that will serve him well as Israel’s chief diplomat.

What is the agenda of the Bennett-Lapid government? - analysis

How does one select a director-general, cabinet secretary, national security adviser and top foreign policy and economic advisers not knowing if one will indeed become the prime minister?

06/06/2021

Netanyahu team not preparing for transition with Bennett

The Knesset vote establishing the new government under Bennett’s leadership is expected to take place on Wednesday.

Netanyahu warns Bennett gov't won't be able to withstand US pressure

He warned against empowering Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid, Labor head Merav Michaeli and Meretz chairman to make decisions about Iran.

06/06/2021

PM Netanyahu shares article calling him an 'icon of the global right'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu retweeted statements made by MK Avichai Chikli shortly after Likud's Twitter account accused social media sites of "political censorship."

Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin speaks at a meeting of the Central Elections Committee, July 7, 2020

Knesset speaker to announce date for new government vote Monday

Yamina leader Naftali Bennett: No apologies for forming this coalition

05/06/2021

How did Bennett win Israel's prime minister race after the election?

POLITICAL AFFAIRS: The Yamina leader got only seven seats when Israelis voted, but he turned that into victory in the contest that really counted

03/06/2021
The Bennett-Lapid moment.

New government to be sworn in on Wednesday

Naftali Bennett quells rebellion in Yamina, vows to honor deal with Yair Lapid * Mickey Levy tapped to replace Yariv Levin as Knesset speaker.

03/06/2021

Israel's political guard has all changed at once

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: A country that has had the same prime minister for over 12 years, the same president for 7, and the same head of the Mossad for the last 5-and-a-half now has a new roster.

03/06/2021
PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu – his people skills are not normal.

Netanyahu: What caused the downfall of Israel's legendary prime minister?

MIDDLE ISRAEL: Historians will agree that Netanyahu's downfall was caused not by any event, idea or trend, but by his character.

Bennett or Lapid – who owns the Mossad, Shin Bet? - analysis

If the rotation-unity setup between Netanyahu and Gantz is any indication, it would be Bennett until the switch in August 2023.

PM Bennett, FM Liberman will bring new look for Israel's economy

Economists are also optimistic about Avigdor Liberman as potential finance minister. The Yisrael Beytenu leader has previously served as defense minister and foreign minister

03/06/2021

Biden congratulates Herzog on becoming Israel's 11th president

“I am confident that under his presidency, the partnership between Israel and the United States will continue to grow.”

From hope to despair: Israelis react to new anti-Netanyahu coalition

Ya'alon says gov't will get country back on track; Ben-Gvir warns of blood on new members' hands.

Lapid tells Rivlin: I have succeeded in forming coalition with Bennett

Bennett, Abbas finalize coalition deal * New governing coalition has been formed and is prepared to replace Netanyahu

03/06/2021
Netanyahou pourra-t-il sauver la coalition?

A government for the people? - comment

It seems like an eternity instead of only a month since Yair Lapid received the mandate from President Reuven Rivlin to form a coalition after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to do so.

02/06/2021

Bennett, Lapid in marathon talks to form anti-Netanyahu coalition

"It's all on Ayelet Shaked now. She's the only real issue left."

02/06/2021

Can the 'government of change' do more than just oust Bibi? - analysis

Israel needs a government that functions, not just a replacement for Netanyahu.

01/06/2021

Herzog, Peretz to face off in presidential race in Knesset

If elected, Peretz would be Israel's first woman president. If he wins, Herzog would be the first president whose father had been president before.

01/06/2021

Deri on Bennett's unity gov't announcement: He is 'a little boy'

Deri describes Bennett as ‘little boy' with 6 seats who wants to be prime minister

Head of the Yamina party Naftali Bennett gives a press conference at the Knesset, the Israeli parlia

Will Knesset Speaker Levin postpone vote on new government?

Likud sources: “Levin has the legal right to delay it by a week. It’s not playing a game with the law."

01/06/2021

Hundreds in Tel Aviv stand in support of unity gov't, against incitement

Protesters held up signs that said "hope," "Love thy neighbor like thyself," and "We are the women we've been waiting for."

Miriam Peretz speaks at the annual International Municipal Innovation Conference in Tel Aviv, earlie

Presidential candidate Peretz is using Netanyahu's 'gevault' campaign - analysis

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Miriam Peretz's opponent, Jewish Agency chairman Isaac Herzog.

31/05/2021

Claim that a new gov't would leave Israel less safe is all spin - analysis

The Bennett-Lapid government may not be replete with the right-wingers we have come to know in the past 12 years, but this does not mean that Israel’s enemies will be emboldened, either.

Is it the end of a quarter century of Bibi bedlam? - analysis

It would fittingly close a circle if Netanyahu reached the pinnacle and ended up leaving it in just as surprising fashion.

30/05/2021

Bennett to announce forming gov't coalition with Lapid

They agreed that Bennett would serve first as prime minister until September 2023, after which Lapid would take over until the term ends in November 2025.

30/05/2021

What would a Bennett-Lapid 'change' government look like?

Michaeli is expected to be appointed transportation minister and MK Omer Bar-Lev will be public security minister, a post once held by his father, Haim Bar-Lev.

Isaac Herzog should be the next president of Israel - opinion

MIDDLE ISRAEL: The next president must be not only socially relevant, but also politically effective, legally informed, and historically inspired. Miriam Peretz will not be as good at this.

Change camp: Cautious optimism for coalition next week

"A unity government is doable," a source in the change camp said. "If Bennett wants, it will happen. Portfolios, principles or proposed laws will not prevent it."

27/05/2021
High Court of Justice prepares for hearing on whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can form the

High Court hints at 45-day deadline to pick state attorney

Amit Aisman has served as acting state attorney since January 13, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing bloc have prevented him from being granted a full term.

Yamina's staged plan to the premiership - analysis

Why the beginning of next week is when Yamina leader Naftali Bennett will take his long-awaited steps to replace Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

27/05/2021
Ayelet Shaked  responding in her own Knesset press conference to Smotrich accusations.

Smotrich: Bennett, Shaked forming left-wing government

Smotrich claims that Bennet and Shaked misled right-wing voters when they said a government with Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid was off the table.

26/05/2021

Netanyahu to meet candidates for president

The prime minister will decide after the meetings whether to endorse one of the candidates or remain neutral. Voting for president is conducted by secret ballot among the 120 MKs.

26/05/2021

UTJ rejects secret offer of Bennett-less coalition

Yesh Atid is continuing its efforts to finalize coalition agreements with all the parties in the bloc by the end of the week and then present Bennett with a ready government on a silver platter.

25/05/2021

Yesh Atid threatens to stop vote for president over dispute with Levin

Yesh Atid is angry at Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin for blocking votes on bills aimed at harming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Canceling the president vote is the only way to force his hand.

25/05/2021

Knesset, High Court: Who broke Israel's system? - explainer

If the Knesset or the government ceases to heed rulings of the High Court or gains enough support to neuter the court, what will the justices have achieved?

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a press conference with Health minister Yuli Edelste

Knesset advances term limits for prime minister but speaker stops bill

MKs are also meeting to discuss a bill that would form a commission of inquiry to investigate the disaster at Mt. Meron on Lag Ba'omer.

24/05/2021

Yesh Atid to expedite legislation to curtail Netanyahu’s premiership

Yamina denies report that it will consider joining ‘change bloc’ with Raam again.

Looking at Israel's political battle when the Gaza war is over

POLITICAL AFFAIRS: The focus of the first days after Operation Guardian of the Walls will be on whether the opposition in Israel will succeed in carrying out the political removal of Netanyahu.

20/05/2021

Herzog, Peretz in; Glick, Bar-Zohar out of race for president

Shimon Shetreet and Yosef Abramowitz are still trying to join the race.

19/05/2021

Mount Meron: UTJ and Shas propose gov't controlled committee of enquiry

Interior Minister and Shas head Arye Deri would control appointment of chairman, and at least two other committee members, while the chief rabbis would also appoint a representative.

GIDEON SAAR in his Knesset office this week: Leadership is based on advancing your ideology, and the

Gideon Sa'ar denies considering rotation with Netanyahu

Labor leader Merav Michaeli called on Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid on Tuesday to form a coalition that includes both Arab parties.

18/05/2021

Last day to join Israel's presidential race

Knesset speaker rejects delaying vote past June 2.

18/05/2021

Reshuffling Israel's coalition deck amid Jewish-Arab violence

POLITICAL AFFAIRS: Officials in Naftali Bennett's party said the events of recent days have created a situation bringing back the possibility of a right-wing coalition.

13/05/2021

Israel's escalation with Gaza won't change coalition chances - analysis

The thugs' hatred of those who practice a different religion pales in comparison to the animosity those who are forming a government feel for Netanyahu.

13/05/2021
Mr. Isaac Herzog, chairman of the Jewish Agency, speaks at the European Jewish  Association's virtua

Race begins to succeed Isaac Herzog at Jewish Agency

Ten candidates touted for top position in Jewish world, should Herzog become Israel's next president.

13/05/2021

Mansour Abbas: Violence proves need for partnership

"I am not giving up on future cooperation," the Ra'am Party head said. "It could be that these incidents emphasize the need for true partnership with understanding, initiating together."

13/05/2021

An Israeli irony: Status quo erodes as haredi political power increases

Israel's dilemma of reconciling religion and state has been ongoing since the country was founded.

13/05/2021

Bennett to Netanyahu: Don't stop until Hamas pays heavy price

The former defense minister encouraged the prime minister to take more action against Hamas, even though a continued escalation could prevent the Yamina leader from forming a government.

12/05/2021

Netanyahu trial: Did Yeshua continue scheme after dramatic 2016 meeting?

Defense portrays ex-Walla CEO as pushing conspiracy, continues to try and undermine his credibility.

Gaza escalation undermines formation of Bennett-Lapid coalition

One more complication in building a government caused by the escalation: Bennett intends to appoint Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi to a senior ministerial post.

12/05/2021
Mansour Abbas, head of the Ra'am party, seen at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem, on

Abbas suspends coalition talks due to escalation

Swearing in delayed to next week, Likud blames the violence on the 'left-wing' coalition.

10/05/2021

Race for president set for June 2

Jewish Agency chairman Isaac Herzog will formally announce in the days ahead that he is a candidate.

10/05/2021
Dov Lipman

Former Israeli MK sued two women for libel over sexual harassment claims

The women’s lawsuit accuses Dov Lipman of trying to silence them and “damage their right to express their truth and their positions.”

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
10/05/2021

Bennett, Lapid aim to swear in government Thursday

Bennett made significant progress in a meeting with Ra'am (United Arab List) head Mansour Abbas on Sunday, and he will meet with him again with Lapid on Monday.

09/05/2021

Reality stronger than any coalition deal - analysis

If violence breaks out after the government is formed, Ra'am (United Arab List) head Mansour Abbas will not only be able to scream about it like every other MK.

09/05/2021

Likud rebellions against Netanyahu ignored

"With all due respect to all of Netanyahu's accomplishments, enough already!"

09/05/2021

Jerusalem violence puts Lapid-Bennett gov't in jeopardy amid Arab anger

"Al-Aqsa is a red line," Abbas warned on Saturday. "The aggression toward the holy site and its worshipers is unacceptable and offensive."

A fake moving truck titled "Crime Minister Movers" on Balfour comes to "Take Bibi home"

Anti-Netanyahu protesters bring boxes to Balfour to 'help Bibi pack'

Protesting organizations urge the "Bloc of Hope" to complete negotiations, form gov't

08/05/2021

Top 10 challenges Lapid, Bennett face on the way to change

POLITICAL AFFAIRS: Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett crossed a hurdle when the Yesh Atid leader inherited Netanyahu’s mandate, but there are still obstacles ahead

06/05/2021
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